UP biodiversity conference to focus on innovations, interdisciplinary research

The University of the Philippines (UP), through the UP Diliman Marine Science Institute (MSI) and Institute of Biology (IB), is hosting the conference Biodiversity & Chemical Biology of Marine and Terrestrial Life in the Philippine Region (BCBMTP) on 16-20 October 2016 at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol.

Gathering researchers from around the world, BCBMTP will highlight technological innovations that harness the wealth of biodiversity in the Philippines and have useful applications in healthcare and community development.

It will be an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration, connecting evolving fields within the life sciences at varying scales of inquiry, from the molecular level to the ecosystem level, to communicate important findings, foster integrative research, encourage resource protection, and influence national policy.

There will be plenary lectures by invited speakers and short talks. In the lineup thus far are Dr. Baldomero Olivera (University of Utah), Dr. Eric Schmidt (University of Utah), Dr. Margo Haygood (University of Utah), Dr. Terrence Gosliner (California Academy of Sciences) and Dr. Gary Rosenberg (Drexel University).

Also included in the conference are poster sessions and multiple events for networking and exchange of ideas among leaders in the field and junior researchers.

The local organizing committee is composed of experts from the MSI, IB and the Philippine Genome Center while the international organizing committee has experts from the University of Utah, California Academy of Sciences and Drexel University.